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4 Days / 3 Nights
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Discover Borneo’s wildlife on this amazing tour that combines the wildlife safari on the Kinabatangan River and Selingan Turtle Island.

On this adventurous trip, you will first travel to Selingan Island to witness the marine turtle landing and laying eggs on the beach of the island.

After Selingan Island you will explore the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary by boat in search of endemic and rare species of fauna.

  • Witness some sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach in Selingan Island in Sabah
  • Get up close and personal with the Orangutans in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • See fireflies at night glittering like Christmas lights in their natural environment
  • Witness Borneo’s abundant wildlife up close as you embark on a safari river cruise on the Kinabatangan River
Day 1
Arrive Sandakan airport - Turtle Island
Day 2
Sepilok Orangutan - Kinabatangan River
Day 3
Kinabatangan River
Day 4
Depart Sandakan

What's Included

  • Lodge accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • All internal transport as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Meals full board
  • Entrance Fees

Is this your ideal tour?

This tour is ideal for those who are passionate about wildlife. Kinabatangan River offers some of Sabah’s best opportunities for seeing wildlife.
This tour does not require a high degree of physical fitness, as much of the wildlife viewing in Kinabatangan is done from small motorized boats. The Kinabatangan River is not the ideal place for hiking as the area consists largely of mangrove swamps and floodplains.
Selingan Turtle Island is the best place in Malaysia to see one of the world’s most intriguing natural marvels; every night sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the sea turtles.


Day 1 Arrive in Sandakan - Turtle Island

Pick up: 08.00am (Sandakan airport or hotel)

You will be met at the hotel lobby or Sandakan airport and transferred to Sim Sim jetty for a speedboat transfer to Selingan Island.

Selingan has been designated a national park to protect the newly laid eggs and vulnerable hatchlings from predators. The journey to the island will take approximately one hour.

On arrival, leisure time to settle in your room, relax on the beach or explore the tropical island’s surrounding. In the evening, a park ranger will escort you to watch one of the giant sea turtle laying their eggs on the beach and the release of the baby turtles into the sea. Visitors are allowed to see only one turtle/ per night and turtle sightings can never be guaranteed. Please be prepared to stay up until 1 am or later in order to see the turtles on the beach.

Overnight at the park chalets in Turtle island


Day 2Sepilok Orangutan - Kinabatangan River

Early morning, head back to Sandakan and proceed to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for up-close orangutan encounter. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to witness the feeding of orangutans from the platform in the forest. After the feeding time of the orangutan, you will be taken to the Outdoor Nursery where you will see juvenile and baby orangutans climbing and playing on the rope and in the trees.

After the outdoor nursery continues to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. These bears are the smallest of all sub-species and, like the orang utan, they are arboreal and are losing their habitat through deforestation. Sadly, they are also poached, captured for pets and used in Asian medicine. Keeper is nursing them back to health and where necessary, educating in how to be a wild bear. The intention is then to release them into the forest.

After Sepilok depart for a 2-day safari on the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.

You will be taken to Sim Sim jetty to board the boat to Abai Jungle Lodge. Enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise, journeying up a river. On arrival, you will check in to your lodge on the riverbank and then enjoy lunch. Late afternoon head out on a safari cruise on the Kinabatangan River – at dusk you may have the chance to see proboscis monkey and other wildlife than the area is famed for. Before dinner, you will experience a night cruise to witness the glittering fireflies on the mangrove trees.

Overnight at the Abai Jungle Lodge


Day 3Kinabatangan River

This morning you will be awakened by the calls of gibbon monkeys and the sounds of hornbills. Embark on a river cruise to the Pitas Lake in search of wildlife. The rest of the morning is at your leisure to explore the rainforest on a boardwalk located behind the lodge or visit the village of the native “orang sungai” people.

After lunch heads further up the river, changing lodges for the final night in Sukau village. Switching lodges gives you a great chance to see more wildlife. On arrival take a safari cruise on the Menanggul River a tributary of the Kinabatangan River.

Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge


Day 4Depart Sandakan

After breakfast, head back to Sandakan by boat with the opportunity to spot more probosci’s monkeys, birds, and crocodiles. Upon arrival in Sandakan, proceed to your hotel or airport